Israel Philharmonic to Play in USSR

The internationally renowned Israel Philharmonic Orchestra will perform for the first time in the Soviet Union next year, it was announced here.

The IPO will give several concerts in Moscow and Leningrad in the autumn of 1990, under an agreement just reached between the IPO and the official Soviet concert and cultural management center in Moscow.

IPO sources said the concert programs would definitely include Israeli works.

Although the Soviet Union had diplomatic relations with Israel from 1948 to 1967, the IPO was never invited to the USSR.

Unofficial contacts were revived in recent months by IPO members on private visits to the Soviet Union, including Zubin Mehta, the IPO’s musical director and conductor.

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